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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Feed and Seed Sign

I love all things farm & ranch related for some reason! How about you?


This weekend I decided to make a vintage looking "Feed and Seed" sign to represent that love.  :)



It is now available in my Etsy shop for anyone looking for a little "farm & ranch" 
to add to their home decor. 


Thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sporting Goods Hand-painted Wood Sign

I love the direction we are going with the addition of the towel hooks and wainscoting, but I've been wanting to add some more personality to the boy's bathroom. I thought a sporting goods theme would be a good choice for their space. I'd like to find a few vintage posters or old sports equipment to hang, but for now, I made a vintage looking "Sporting Goods" sign.




Here it is prior to the distressing. I think it looks great this way too, but it wanted it to look old and weathered for the bathroom.



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Handmade Wood Signs

Here are the signs I'm adding to the shop this weekend!

I love the way they turned out. 






Friday, January 2, 2015

Branching Out

I can't believe I'm saying this…but I made a Facebook page and opened an Etsy shop! 

There's not much on there yet, but I'd be honored if you'd join me on my new Facebook page (please "like" this page) where I'll be highlighting some of my signs and projects from the Carriage House.  

I also opened an Etsy shop. This is an exciting (and scary) new adventure for me. I hope to get more listings added this weekend. :) Thank you for your support!

Happy New Year!



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Few Changes for the New Year

Hi friends,

There will be a few changes coming to the blog coming in 2015, namely, the name! Welcome to "From the Carriage House".  When I started my blog initially, I thought I'd be sharing photos and stories about my family.  As you know, that isn't the direction this blog has gone. I love to share home decor, design ideas, printables, parties and more. I wanted a name to better reflect that as well as some other projects I'm working on.

"From the Carriage House" will also showcase some of my hand painted signs and designs that I've been recently creating from my garage carriage house. :)  Here's a sneak peak of the type of projects that I've been having fun working on lately:


I wish you all a Happy New Year! 

Thank you for hanging out with me here at Mom and the Blonds. 

I'm looking forward to spending 2015 with you From the Carriage House. 

God Bless! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Simplicity, less is more, and so on...

I just love going to someone's house who has decked all their halls for Christmas.

However, I feel overwhelmed at times with seasonal decorating.


I want my family to enjoy a festive house too, but without a stressed out mom.  I have pared down my Christmas decor to 3 tubs in recent years. They are even labeled in priority 1, 2 & 3. So if nothing else happens, stockings and such will be pulled out of tub #1 without much hassle. Everything I used this year to decorate can fit into one tub!



We pulled the pre-lit Christmas tree out of the basement in the beginning of December and have enjoyed an unadorned tree for the first part of the month!


This weekend I added two rolls of burlap ribbon (one plain, one plaid), our simple star, and some paper banners. And I am DONE! And totally ok with that. In fact, I think I really, really like the simple tree this year. It is somewhat refreshing.



I was inspired by Home by Heidi and this post for the paper banners. You can print beautifully designed banners from the Just Destiny blog, but I wanted to try out the print and cut feature on my silhouette so I made my own.


I am trying to find the motivation to pull down the "THANKFUL" banner I made last month and replace it with something for Christmas. I'm also ok with the idea that it can stay put for a while. :)


Two Christmas pillows, a simple tree, garland & stockings on the mantle, and gingerbread houses made by my little blonds are just enough for this family to enjoy without feeling like it will take days to undo.


Merry-Simply-Decorated-Christmas to you!


For some Christmas inspiration
check out the Nesting Place.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014


Thank you for joining me here as I share things happening around my home. 
Enjoy your time with your loved ones this Thanksgiving Day.

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